4 Stars By tachi1 on 2017-08-23
Has retained his interest for 7 months, so far.
When my grandson first got interested in these Beyblade toys I didn't think it was something that would last. I thought that this was one of those toys that, like a comet, came on center stage and quickly fizzled out. I expected it to be a temporary fad. I was hesitant to invest too much in them--and they are expensive.
Frankly, I don't understand the concept. There are many named characters and they are those round flattish things you see in the picture. I them hard to identify, or to know what powers each has, or who's good and who's bad--the entire Beyblade universe escapes me. Unlike the Star Wars universe, for example, where the characters have a face and there is a clear overall purpose to the game or plot, I can't make head or tails of what is happening here.
But, much to my surprise, it has retained his interest for the last seven months and, although I still don't grasp why, I have come to like having him play with these toys. I think a large part of his interest is that all the boys in his then-second and now-third grade are fascinated with this game. I'm not sure it's something he would have picked out on his own but, as a way of belonging to the group, it has become a sort of useful and harmless (other than to my wallet) social aid. These are my positive observations:
--The first reason is that it is a basically "social" toy. He sometimes plays with them alone but, when his classmates come over to play, they all seem to have an interest in them and they bring their own. In a world in which kids interact so much with computer games and electronic devices, having something that involves person-to-person conversation and competition is a big thing.
--The second reason is that it stimulates his imagination and inspires his competitiveness. He is, basically, a very kind and generous boy. Role playing with these characters (whatever they are) lets him take on different personalities and, without losing his basic decency, he can take on a more assertive behavior in play.
One problem that I have encountered is that kids tend to trade characters and pieces. I have had to establish a rule that he's not allowed to trade anything without specific permission. The boys like to trade this for that but not all parts or pieces cost the same and not all kids are equally savvy about what constitutes a "good deal".
4 Stars By Alison Hudson on 2017-09-02
Better Than Old Beyblade
This review is largely the result of feedback from my 13 y.o. son, who was once really into the original Beyblade line. In his opinion, nearly everything about this set is an improvement over the original Beyblade. His favorite element is the "burst", the way the tops are engineered to come apart after a certain amount of hits. He literally used to loosen the components of his old Beyblades to try and achieve such bursting, so this is perfect for his tastes. He is also a fan of the new launcher design, which allows him to launch two tops at once. [As a parent I am also fond of this, as it means fewer times he's asking me to spin a top for him.] he says he is a fan of the redesign overall.
The things he didn't like (and he made sure I'd mention these in this review) include: (1) the plastic cover over the stadium, and (2) the stadium weapons. The plastic cover makes launching the tops more difficult; if you do not hold the top down into the hole, it can launch cockeyed and hit the rim or fly off the roof. Also, the plastic cover doesn't allow for double-launching. The weapons, he says, are poorly placed and rarely play a part in the battle, as the tops tend to spin around the middle and the weapons are on the extreme of the elongated ends of the field.
3 Stars By JDThird on 2017-08-31
Kids here just didn't get into this at all after the initial setup and testing
This was an item of interest in our house for about 15 minutes, and that was about it.
The assembly is easy and quick, but we have some random issues with the blades coming out of the holder before they're even up to speed.
The claws add an interesting player participation aspect, but we found that they almost never get to be used since the blades spin mostly around the bottom and at least for us, when they hit each other and bounce away, it's usually not far enough for the claws to be able to reach anything anyway.
But if you have kids who are into this, the stadium will at least add some new functionality they may not have.
5 Stars By Larson on 2017-08-27
Tons of fun for little dudes
Got this for my almost-5-year-old son, and he loves it. He still needs some help with it sometimes (you need to pull the zip cord and launch them, and he's a little too wimpy/uncoordinated sometimes, so he sometimes gets excited and doesn't do it right, then he gets frustrated, but overall it's not too bad when I remind him to calm down and focus) and he always wants me to play with him, but he thinks it's awesome having these things crash into each other, and I enjoy seeing him have so much fun.
I was a little worried when I pulled it out of the box because it looked kind of complicated to assemble, but once I put it together it's pretty much stuck that way, so putting it together was a one-time thing.
I kind of remember Beyblades coming out years ago and thinking they were like Pogs, which is sort of true. There are all sorts of different ones to collect and battle (and they can be kind of expensive), but so far he's happy with the ones that came with this arena, and we really let him find out that there are other ones he can get.
2 Stars By G. Hearn on 2017-09-04
Not worth it - Not enough "action"
This game is Made in Vietnam. It must be assembled. It shows that it’s for ages 8 and up. Some adult assistance may be needed to construct the set for some younger players.
There is not enough action going on with this game. Often the tops just spin in the middle, where you can’t reach them. Moving the “stadium” from side-to-side can help. This game is for two players. The “stadium is made from super thin plastic.
At the current price of fifty bucks. . .it’s so crazy expensive for plastic Made in Vietnam that it’s beyond not worth it.
5 Stars By A. D. Oltmann on 2017-08-18
An instant hit!
My son LOVES this!!!! It was really easy to put together and seems to be higher quality plastic than the other stadiums he has. The other stadiums are made from super thin plastic. The stadium, cover included, with this package is made from a heavier gauge plastic and just feels like it will last longer. The blades are of similar quality and build to the blades he already had. One of the things my son really likes about this set is the "arms" on either side of the stadium used to knock out the opposition. What I really like about the stadium is that it's designed to stay together. The pieces snap in place and are meant to stay there. It doesn't fall apart meaning you don't have to put it together every time you kid wants to use it.
In general, I really like Beyblades as a product. because they are user friendly. It doesn't take a lot of skill or finesse to use. This bundle is a great first, all included, bundle. If you are a parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent and want to get Beyblades for the kid in your life...get this. You won't be disappointed.
I was given this product in exchange for my honest review.
5 Stars By C. Ang on 2017-08-31
The kids were so excited about this
When my son saw this, he ripped the box and packaging open. He's seven. He was also able to set this whole thing up by himself, so that means it is relatively easy to assemble. My two sons had countless hours of fun with their Beyblades. I like these stadium-type sets because it keeps the Beyblades constrained to a limited space and you avoid the risk of damaging things like the hardwood floor.
We do have a bunch of old Beyblades and another stadium, but I can see the appeal of having a complete set like this one for those that don't yet have any Beyblades. You get everything that you need to start in this one package.
5 Stars By S. Beck on 2017-09-01
) It works great and he really did like it for a bit
Made well and the grandson loves it. He was thrilled when I told him we were getting it to test (he loves testing products I get.) It works great and he really did like it for a bit....then, just as almost every non computerized game, he lost interest. I'm sure he'll play with it in the future because we're trying to pull the computer games away a little at a time. It reminds me of the "Battling Tops" game we had when I was young.
3 Stars By Annie on 2017-09-10
No interest in the toy...
I keep a treasure chest of toys in the sunroom for my grandchildren to play with when they are here. When a new toy comes in they are usually very excited but not this time. My 10 year old grandson just wasn't excited about this toy. I asked him why and he said there just isn't enough action. I had no problem putting it together. It worked fine. It just wasn't his thing.
5 Stars By T. Gaston on 2017-10-12
good toy set
This toy was a huge success with the kids, and entertained them for some time. No complaints on this one.